THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Yellow Jackets went 8-3 last year under first year head coach Bill Shaver.
In his second season in charge Shaver is hoping defense can carry the team early.
Eight starters are back including two all region selections from last year in defensive ends Ray Drew and Caleb Hurd.
Offense is where the question marks are for the Yellow Jackets.
Only four starters return and quarterback Taylor Payne must be replaced.
Eric Dotson and Eric McCrawl are both competing for playing time at the position.
Coach Shaver says he is confident in his offense because the kids have been playing in the same system since middle school.
"The good thing about us is these kids have been running this offense since they were in 7th grade and so it's the same offense they've been running all along. You're just kind of plugging in the holes the big thing is just having that game experience" said Shaver.
12 Yellow Jacket players missed practice Monday with what Coach Shaver described as Swine Flu like symptoms. The Yellow Jackets visit Lowndes for a scrimmage Friday night and Coach Shaver is hoping the ill players can make an easy transition back onto the football field.
"You know you're talking about high fever and dehydrated kids and things like that during the week and now you're going out to play games you've gonna do a lot of sweating and that's gonna make it extra tough"
The Yellow Jackets kick off the regular season on August 28th at home against Thomasville.